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Shut-off swindle making rounds in New England

It’s called the “Shut-off Swindle” and consumer advocates say the scam has reached record levels this winter, in part by preying on utility customers in New England. The scam, like many, has several variations, according to Stephanye Schuyler, a volunteer ...

Panel convenes on criminal justice reform bill, report and next steps

Drawing on the Council of State Government’s recommendations, Gov. Baker filed a bill aimed to curb recidivism. The next day, state legislative and judicial members discussed what criminal justice reforms still are needed.

Immigrant, minority youth rally together in Jamaica Plain as Trump menaces

Immigrant and muslim youth gathered at Jamaica Plain’s First Baptist church for a speak-out in which they shared stories, rallied in mutual support and identified resources to support immigrants in the era of Donald Trump.

Doctors protest Trump’s planned ACA repeal in front of Boston State House

More than 200 medical professionals pledged to work together to fight against efforts by the Trump administration and congressional Republicans to repeal the Affordable Care Act and reduce Medicaid funding during a demonstration Saturday in front of the State House.

La Fábrica brings the Spanish Caribbean to Cambridge

The logo of La Fábrica Central, the new Spanish Caribbean restaurant and live music spot in Cambridge’s Central Square, features a trapiche, the type of wheel that grinds sugar cane into molasses. La Fábrica means “the factory,” and the symbolic ...

Governor Baker appoints members of Black Advisory Commission

Governor Charlie Baker last week announced appointments to a new Black Advisory Commission, a group of people of African descent charged with weighing in on matters of concern to black communities across Massachusetts.

Dorchester's Bowdoin-Geneva neighborhood land use, future

Development projects in Dorchester’s Bowdoin-Geneva neighborhood could play a significant role in shaping the neighborhood’s future, including who will live there and how they will live. Two active community members say what is needed most is affordable family and senior ...

Budgets shrink at 49 Boston public schools

Budget cuts hit 49 BPS schools, with some expecting million-dollar loses. Underperforming schools are not spared, causing some to question how a school can improve with fewer resources.

Cynthia Woo

Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (BCNC) announced that Cynthia Woo has joined the agency as the new director of One Chinatown Arts Center.

Report out Massachusetts criminal justice reform recommendations

The Council of State Governments released its final report of criminal justice reform recommendations for the state. Along with applauding some proposals for reducing recidivism, many legislators and activists said legislation on these proposals must be accompanied by action on ...

Body camera advocate pushing for immediate implementation in Boston

With the city’s six-month pilot project with body-worn police cameras just weeks away from completion, there are differing opinions on whether the Boston Police Department should move forward with full implementation or, as Police Commissioner Bill Evans suggests, extend the ...

Berklee College of Music professor’s online courses provide access for all

Berklee students learn music business basics from John Kellogg in for-credit classroom and online courses. But in 2014 Kellogg opened the door for people anywhere to be schooled in basic legal and business aspects of the music industry at no ...

Tipped workers seek to raise base wages to Massachusetts state minimum

In Massachusetts, tipped workers earn, at minimum, a $3.75 base wage plus any tips, with employers expected to make up the difference if it falls short of the state’s standard $11 minimum wage. Ralliers say tipped workers often take home ...

Rising Roxbury rents beyond most locals' means

On the market, the average Roxbury resident may encounter rental prices equal to about half of their monthly income, and units designated for affordability often remain above what they can afford, activists say.

Massachusetts senators push to end mandatory sentence minimums

With momentum building for criminal justice reform, state Senators are preparing to push for a legislative package they say will reduce the number of people incarcerated in Massachusetts and save the state money.